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Creamy Dairy Free Shrimp Taco with guacamole, coconut lime coleslaw, homemade peach salsa, cilantro garlic sauce and cashew cheese

Taco Tuesday Roundup

Last December we had a big holiday party where we served beef tongue tacos, featuring meat from our local butcher and fresh homemade corn tortillas from La Tortilleria in Toronto.  We ended up buying too many tortillas so for the next couple of weeks following the party we did “taco Tuesday”, and have continued this yummy ritual ever since.

This week I wanted to feature the best tacos we’ve made so far in 2016.  The possibilities are endless! 

Creamy Dairy Free Shrimp Taco with guacamole, coconut lime coleslaw, homemade peach salsa, cilantro garlic sauce and cashew cheese

Creamy Dairy Free Shrimp Taco with guacamole, coconut lime coleslaw, homemade peach salsa, cilantro garlic sauce and cashew cheese

Taco Tuesday: Lamb Taco braised in Guinness with grilled banana peppers and feta cheese

Taco Tuesday: Lamb Taco braised in Guinness with grilled banana peppers and feta cheese

Jerk chicken taco with guacamole, Greek yogurt mixed with cilantro, fried onions & peppers, garlic sauce and 7 pepper Guy Fieri salsa

Jerk chicken taco with guacamole, Greek yogurt mixed with cilantro, fried onions & peppers, garlic sauce and 7 pepper Guy Fieri salsa

Chinese Five Spice tofu, grilled fennel & red pepper, guacamole with tomato and tomatillo

Chinese Five Spice tofu, grilled fennel & red pepper, guacamole with tomato and tomatillo

Fresh corn tortilla topped with guacamole, grilled tofu, sauteed Chinese five spice peppers and fennel, organic salsa and homemade kimchi

Fresh corn tortilla topped with guacamole, grilled tofu, sauteed Chinese five spice peppers and fennel, organic salsa and homemade kimchi

NYC – Exploring Long Island

After dinner in Manhatten I took the train to Long Island and though I’m generally very comfortable navigating around NYC, the construction at the train station threw me off and I ended up on an express train to Long Island!  My friend had to rescue me and thankfully I was only three stops from where I was supposed to get off. Oops!

That evening we went for a night out in Brooklyn, where my love for NYC truly lies.

"The Night Awaits" - Long Island, NYC

“The Night Awaits” – Long Island, NYC

"Spread The Love" - Brooklyn, NYC

“Spread The Love” – Brooklyn, NYC

The next few days I spent exploring Long Island, and while very suburban I still found had plenty of character.  A big, sprawling burrow with big box stores and shopping malls, the quiet neighbourhoods were lined with beautiful, charming houses – not the mansion like monstrosities that have taken over my hometown city but unique, sometimes fancy, sometimes cozy homes.  We took my friend’s kid to a small, local fair that had clothes, jewelry, craft and food stands and even a small animal farm.  While my friend took her kid for a ride on a mini pony, I poked my nose around the food stalls to see what looked interesting to eat.

"Time for a Ride?" - Long Island, NYC

“Time for a Ride?” – Long Island, NYC

I tried a cod fritter for the first time and ohmygod it was yummy!  The batter was crispy and bit spicy and the cod inside was sweet and juicy – ohhh yeah I could have had seconds, thirds – a whole handful for sure!  But – I wanted to see what else l could sample.

Cod Fritter - Long Island, NYC

Cod Fritter – Long Island, NYC

I also ate coco bread for the first time.  Another ohmygod moment – how have I never had coco bread?!  This sweet and fluffy bun complimented the spicy jerk chicken perfectly.  I need more coco bread in my life, period.

Jerk Chicken & Coco Bread - Long Island, NYC

Jerk Chicken & Coco Bread – Long Island, NYC

On my last day in NYC my friend took me down to Baldwin Bay, which reminded me of a quieter South Street Seaport.  We spend the afternoon strolling along the waterfront on this beautiful but chilly spring day.

Baldwin Bay - Long Island, NYC

Baldwin Bay – Long Island, NYC

Finally, no trip to NYC is complete until we have our Swiss Chalet dinner.  Back when we were students my friend and I would always order the infamous Canadian go-to comfort food – rotisserie chicken from Swiss Chalet.  So, whenever I visit her I stock up on packets of instant Chalet sauce and chicken marinade that can only be found in Canada – a nice little reminder of home.

A Homemade Swiss Chalet Dinner - Long Island, NYC

A Homemade Swiss Chalet Dinner – Long Island, NYC

I’m always so sad when I say goodbye to my friend.  I love how easily we reconnect after all these years but it’s still hard to leave, especially after such an awesome trip.  Until next time NYC!